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Foundation's school supply drive underway

Donations urged for Gresham-Barlow district -

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Some Gresham-Barlow students don't have the tools they need to learn. A drive to get school supplies in the hands of local children is off to a good start, but organizers urge folks to keep filling the bins in local businesses so students have the tools they need for the upcoming school year.

“These supplies are for the kids,” said Karen Johnston, president and owner of All About Automotive. “This isn’t something the school district is asking for.”

Johnston, who organized the first drive four years ago, said “I saw a need, just based on being a parent. The school counselors were always needing supplies for kids who didn’t have paper or pencils.”

The most needed supplies are binders, notebook paper (both wide and college-ruled) dividers, pens and pencils, pencil sharpeners, glue sticks, composition books and thumb drives. The drive will also accept cash donations or gift cards, which can be mailed to P.O. Box 3406, Gresham, OR 97030. Make checks out to GBEF (Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation). The school supply drive, organized under the banner of the Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation, runs through Sept. 30.

The school supply drive is also looking for calculators, colored markers, colored pencils, backpacks, tissues, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, copy paper and spiral notebooks.

The drive has gathered about $75,000 worth of supplies in the first three years and works with other local school-supply drives, Johnston said. The inventory for the whole district is stored at West Gresham Elementary School.

Donations can be dropped of at All About Automotive, Burns Feed Store, both locations of Cascade Athletic Club, Gresham Ford, Gresham Family Chiropractic, Gresham and Troutdale branches of KeyBank, Origins Coffee, Tea and Desserts, Riverview Bank, UPS Brown Store on Hogan, U.S. Bank and U.S. Taekwondo.

If you have questions, call the Foundation at 503-766-0008.